Nuclear Families

A comparison of nuclear families vs. non-nuclear families in society.

This paper presents a detailed comparison of nuclear, traditional families with non-traditional families. The writer explores the differences and similarities between each type of family. Using a literature review and an analysis process, the writer details for the reader the things that set each type of family apart from the other.
“It used to be the majority of families had a mother, a father and several children. If a child in a classroom came from a single parent household it was the exception and not the norm. Over the past few decades there has been a shift and there have been more single parent households created than ever before. Today there is an almost equal mix in the nation of single parent homes and two parent homes. “The past 20 years has seen a dramatic rise in the percentage of single-parent households in the United States. In 1970, single parents represented 12.9 percent of all families with minor children present. By 1988, the percentage of single-parent households had increased to 27.3 percent, with the vast majority being single mothers (U.S. Bureau of the Census 1989).”

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